Lot 303 - 1972 Maserati Indy 2+2 4900 Coupé by Carrozzeria Vignale
|Odometer reading||57,000 miles|
|Estimate||£80,000 - £95,000|
Maserati followed up its stunning, Ghia-styled Ghibli two-seater with the equally elegant Indy 2+2, though the latter, announced in 1968 and noteworthy as the first unitary construction Maserati, was the work of Carrozzeria Vignale. The Indy first appeared publicly in prototype form on Vignale's stand at the 1968 Turin Motor Show and was officially launched by Maserati at the Geneva Salon in 1969. Running gear was conventional, with independent front suspension, a live rear axle, and four-wheel disc brakes, while the power unit was - initially - the Modena firm's well-tried, 4,136cc, four-cam V8, with 4.7- and 4.9-litre versions following. A ZF five-speed manual gearbox was standard, with a three-speed Borg Warner automatic available to special order. With 260bhp on tap, the top speed of Maserati's luxury four-seater was in the region of 150mph, a figure the subsequent larger-engined versions improved upon. The sleek Vignale coachwork was so effective that the Indy was able to carry four people in relative comfort without impairing its performance as a sports car.
In 4.9-litre form, the Indy's claimed maximum increased to 320bhp, which pushed its top speed to 165mph. Power steering and air conditioning were standard on the '4900' model, 300 of which were manufactured between 1972 and 1975, resulting in this being a rare Italian classic. This handsome Maserati is finished in black with black leather trim and is in delightful condition. The engine has the familiar tone of an Italian classic V8, this lefthand drive Indy is described as driving with no known faults. A true four seater sports car, this 2+2 coupé is a great opportunity to own a true Italian classic.
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